|Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (The Sleeping Cardinal) - Julius Hagen|
This rare Sherlock Holmes film was released at the same time as the Raymond Massey picture "The Speckled Band". The story is partly based on two Conan Doyle short stories: "The Final Problem" and "The Empty House". Sceptical about the potential success of the film, the producers sold the rights to the film to "First Division Pictures" for 800 pounds. The film was released in July 1931 under the title "Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour"...
Keywords: Sherlock Holmes; Arthur Wontner; Mystery; Lost Films
Downloads: 16,212 (5 reviews)
|Tomorrow At Seven|
A murderer, known as "The Black Ace", menaces a number of people staying in an old dark mansion. This 1933 picture features matinee idol Chester Morris as an author intent on writing a book about the notorious criminal. He visits criminal expert Thornton Drake to get more information about the case. When someone receives the killer's calling card (the "ace of spades") the mystery begins. This is a wonderfully entertaining old fashioned mystery movie with all the hallmarks - an old house, servant...
Keywords: Chester Morris; old house; murder; mystery; writer
Downloads: 2,183 (1 review)
|Fog Island - Terry Morse|
Leo, a former convict, is living in seclusion on an island with his step-daughter, the daughter of his late wife. Leo was framed by a group of former business associates, and he also suspects that one of them killed his wife. He has invited the group to his island, tempting them by hinting about a hidden fortune, and he has installed a number of traps and secret passages in his home. He is aided in his efforts by a former cell-mate who holds a grudge against the same persons...
Keywords: Mystery; Thriller; PRC; George Zucco; Lionel Atwill
Downloads: 29,118 (9 reviews)
|Seven Keys To Baldpate - George M Cohan|
George M Cohan stars in the 1917 film of his play based on the often filmed Earl Derr Biggers novel.
Keywords: George M Cohan; Baldpate; mystery; comedy; old house
Downloads: 1,495 (1 review)
|Sherlock Holmes Baffled - American Mutoscope Company|
The very first Sherlock Holmes film. About a minute long, this features Holmes confused by a disappearing bandit.
Keywords: Sherlock Holmes; mutoscope; baffled; mystery; arcade film machines; historical
Downloads: 4,350 (3 reviews)
|Who Killed Doc Robbin? - Hal Roach|
A short feature from 1948 in colour. A bunch of Rascal-like kids solve a mystery in the mansion on the hill. Features George Zucco. This is one of many 1948 Hal Roach films that lapsed into the public domain when the comany fell into financial difficulties in the 1970s.
Keywords: Hal Roach; Our Gang; Curly and His Gang; George Zucco; Old House Mystery; Colour; Short Features
Downloads: 6,563 (1 review)
|Jail Bait - Edward D Wood Jr|
Jail Bait (1954) Directed by Edward D Wood Jr. A Howco Release A vicious criminal uses plastic surgery to escape the police.This movie features Steve Reeves (undubbed). This is the original version of the film released in 1954. This film was registered for copyright (1954 LP3883) and never renewed. It entered the public domain on 1 January 1983.
Keywords: Edward D Wood Jr; Mystery; Crime Thriller; Steve Reeves; Delores Fuller; Lyle Talbot; Ed Wood
Downloads: 35,693 (13 reviews)
|Terror Island - Jesse L Lasky|
A man is held captive by island natives who believe that his daughter has stolen a pearl belonging to their idol. This is a five reel truncated 1922 Realart print of the Houdini mystery missing a large chunk from the middle of this originally seven reel production.
Keywords: harry houdini; silent film; paramount pictures; mystery; realart; magician; illusionist; island; escape; escapist; drama; action
Downloads: 1,146 (1 review)
|Haldane of the Secret Service - Harry Houdini|
Heath Haldane (Houdini) attempts to track down the vicious criminal gang responsible for his government agent father's death while also saving the girl he loves.
Keywords: harry houdini; houdini picture corp; magician; action; g-man; secret service; crime; mystery; action; silent films
Downloads: 1,523 (1 review)
|The Kennel Murder Case - Michael Curtiz|
Philo Vance investigates one of his most famous locked-room murders.
Keywords: mystery; philo vance; michael curtiz; warner bros; william powell; mary astor; Ralph Morgan; arthur hohl; paul cavanaugh
Downloads: 1,561 (3 reviews)
|Manfish - W Lee Wilder|
Lon Chaney. Victor Jory and John Bromfield star in this nautically set variation on the Poe stories The Tell-Tale Heart and The Gold Bug. Three fishermen go in search of a treasure and it leads to murder.
Keywords: Manfish; AAP; Lon Chaney Jr; Victor Jory; John Bromfield; Edgar Allan Poe; Murder; Guilt; Revenge; Mystery; Action; Sea; Boat
|The Adventures of Ellery Queen - The Hanging Acrobat - DuMont Network - Irving and Norman Pincus|
This is an episode of the DuMont Network's "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" (1950-54). This ran on the DuMont Network before moving to the ABC. The series was also shown in Australia, where it played on Channel 2 on Thursdays at 9pm throughout 1957. The actor who plays Ellery, Richard Hart, died part way through the series and was replaced by Lee Bowman. About 50 episodes were made over its two runs but only a small amount survive...
Keywords: Classic TV; Ellery Queen; Dumont; Mystery; Richard Hart
Downloads: 14,463 (8 reviews)
|Terror By Night - Roy William Neill|
In the thirteenth Rathbone/Bruce adventure, Holmes and Watson are charged with guarding a priceless diamond "The Star of Rhodesia" as it journeys to Scotland by train. There are all manner of weird and unusual passengers to contend with as well as a few menacing villains including the notorious Col Sebastian Moran. Copyright Status: PUBLIC DOMAIN Registered for copyright under LP182 on 8 Feb 1946. TERROR BY NIGHT...
Keywords: Sherlock Holmes; Basil Rathbone; Nigel Bruce; Dennis Hoey; Alan Mowbray; Harry Cording; Arthur Conan Doyle; mystery; the empty house; murder; Dr Watson; Roy William Neill; Universal Pictures
|The Woman In Green - Roy William Neill|
The 11th film in the Rathbone/Bruce Sherlock Holmes series, "The Woman In Green" explores Professor Moriarty's plan to blackmail wealthy gentlemen, making them think they murdered the young female victims of a Jack The Ripper style serial killer. This is a slightly better print than the others already available on the Internet Archive. Copyright Status: PUBLIC DOMAIN Registered for copyright LP13455 25 July 1945: THE WOMAN IN GREEN...
Keywords: Sherlock Holmes; Basil Rathbone; Nigel Bruce; Henry Daniel; Hillary Brooke; Paul Cavanagh; Arthur Conan Doyle; mystery; the empty house; murder; Dr Watson; Roy William Neill; Universal Pictures
Downloads: 6,067 (1 review)
|Dressed To Kill - Roy William Neill|
Three cheap musical boxes (each one playing a subtly different version of "The Swagman"), manufactured in Dartmoor Prison, are sold at a local auction house. However, a criminal gang is determined to steal and recover all three, even if it means committing murder. Sherlock Holmes tries to recover the music boxes and crack the secret code contained in the tune before the gang can get what they want...
Keywords: Sherlock Holmes; Basil Rathbone; Nigel Bruce; Patricia Morrison; Holmes Herbert; Harry Cording; Arthur Conan Doyle; mystery; musical boxes; murder; Dr Watson; Roy William Neill; Universal Pictures
Downloads: 6,541 (2 reviews)
|The Secret Weapon - Howard Benedict|
In the fourth film of the series, Sherlock Holmes assists the inventor of a revolutionary bomb sight, Dr Tobel, to smuggle his work out of Switzerland and into England. Once in England the bomb sight pieces and the Tobel go missing, leaving Holmes and Watson with code of dancing stick figures to break before Professor Moriarty so they can find the remaining pieces of the weapon. This is a slightly better print than others available on the Internet Archive...
Keywords: Sherlock Holmes; Basil Rathbone; Nigel Bruce; Lionel Atwill; Kaaren Verne; William Post Jr; Dennis Hoey; Arthur Conan Doyle; Professor Moriarty; Inspector Lestrade; mystery; the dancing men; bomb sight; Dr Watson; Roy William Neill; Universal Pictures